Principia College Nike Volleyball Camp

Principia College Nike Volleyball Camp
Principia College Nike Volleyball Camp

Join Coach Sprague at Principia College this summer for outstanding volleyball training.

The 2014 season marked Coach Sprague's 16th season at the helm of Principia's volleyball program. Her wealth of coaching experience and her knowledgeable staff creates the perfect learning environment for young players to take their game to a new level. Nike Volleyball Camps at Principia College offers three sessions for campers to choose from and also provides the option of attending back-to-back sessions for more training. Sessions include all skills training, a position specific program, and an exciting beach volleyball program. Beach volleyball is currently the fastest growing NCAA sport in the country. 

Highlights Include

  • Training under the country’s best coaches
  • Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
  • Six hours of daily instruction
  • Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
  • Players grouped by age and ability level
  • Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Mary Ann Sprague
Camp Director

Mary Ann Sprague

Mary Ann Sprague has been the head Principia's head volleyball coach since 1999 and recently surpassed 250 career wins.

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As a student at Principia College she was a strong competitor in volleyball, swimming, and track and field and was the recipient of the Howard L. Mitchell Athletic Award her senior year.

Sprague started her coaching career at the high school level, and then served as the assistant coach at University of Missouri (D1) as a setter coach before moving to Florida. In Florida, Sprague was co-director of Jacksonville Juniors and coached the Elite 18s, as well as training setters for a community college. Upon her return to the midwest, Sprague has coached for Southern Heat Volleyball Club, and founded her own Club that works to develop young athletes in a rural area that has no consistency in their ability to offer coaches to middle school and high school programs.

Sprague has been a coach and personal trainer for volleyball players for 28 years and currently holds the highest certification granted by the volleyball coaches' accrediting program. Sprague has received four SLIAC Coach of the Year awards.
Mary Ann has put Principia College on the map with a variety of high quality youth volleyball training programs. She and her college players and alumni have coached over 650 local youth since 2008, including programs for kids as young as 2nd grade all the way to her (HIT) High Intensity Training Nike Volleyball camp and regional team camps she runs. Sprague will be offering Nike Volleyball camps again this year - at Principia College.

Sprague is also Principia's associate athletic director, directing the Sports Information department and the Graduate Assistant program.

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Heather Fairbanks

Heather Fairbanks

Heather Fairbanks came back to Principia College to fill the Sports Information Director position after teaching and coaching in various sports, since graduating from Principia College...

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Heather Fairbanks came back to Principia College to fill the Sports Information Director position after teaching and coaching in various sports, since graduating from Principia College in 2005.  Fairbanks was a graduate assistant for head volleyball coach Mary Ann Sprague for two seasons after graduating, and also helped develop and run a volleyball club in St. Louis during that time.  Later, Fairbanks went to Edmond, Oklahoma and taught middle school math and coached volleyball and track at the middle school level and also coached club volleyball for various age groups.

Camp Details

All Skills/High Intensity Training Camp

All Skills: This program is open to players of all ability levels. Here you’ll master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain game play experience. Every aspect of the game is covered, giving you a solid skill foundation to build upon after camp.

High Intensity Training Camp: This camp is recommended for high school varsity (entering sophomore, junior or senior year) and club players with a commitment to the sport and the ability and motivation to play in college. This intense, challenging program will stress position play, advanced team techniques and match play.

Position Specialty

This programs is designed for players who want to specialize in the Setter, Hitter, or Libero (Defensive Specialist) positions.  

Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball was added by the NCAA at the collegiate level in 2012 as a result of the sport's growing popularity. This program shows campers the ropes of beach volleyball by playing on smaller courts and seeing firsthand how intense it is to play doubles. Sand players train to become well rounded in all areas of the game.

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What's included in the fee? 

Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.

Extended Day campers (9am-9pm - except on first and last day): Lunch and dinner are provided.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Volleyball Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

Volleyballs: Molten Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $15. Volleyballs must be paid for at the time of registration. Campers do not need to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Session One: All Skills & Advanced - July 12-15, 2015

  • Check in: between 12:30pm-2:00pm on Sunday, July 12th at Anderson Hall
  • Check out: Graduation is at 11:00am on Wednesday July 15th
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday 2:00-9:00pm, Monday & Tuesday 9:00am-9:00pm, Wednesday 9:00-11:00am

Session Two: Position Specialty - July 15-17, 2015

  • Check in: between 12:30pm-2:00pm on Wednesday, July 15th at Anderson Hall
  • Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Friday, July 17th
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Wednesday 2:00-9:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday 9:00-11:00am

Session Three: Sand Volleyball - July 17-18, 2015

  • Check in: between 5:30pm-6:00pm on Friday, July 17th at Anderson Hall
  • Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Saturday, July 18th
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Wednesday 2:00-9:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday 9:00-11:00am
*Overnight Campers participating in multiple, consecutive sessions do not need to check in again between sessions. 


Ratio: 1:8
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle
Facility: Hay Field House


Campers Per Room: 2-4
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: On each Floor
Linens: Not provided. Please bring own linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel
Air Conditioning: YES!
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: Athletic trainers are on-site and a hospital nearby

Team Discount

If eight or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $30 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount. Discount does not apply to team only camps

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 Wake-up, shower
  • 7:45 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Stretching/conditioning
  • 9:15 Practice: pass/set/hit drills
  • 10:30 Defense and serving drills
  • 12:00 Lunch, rest
  • 1:30 Spiking demonstration
  • 1:45 Review: pass/set/serve
  • 2:30 Practice: emergency recovery
  • 4:30 Free time, rest
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:30 Practice: games/scrimmages
  • 9:00 Films/video highlights
  • 10:00 Campers to rooms
  • 10:30 Lights out

Camper Reviews

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
A+ Experience

My daughter experiences were unique for her during this camp. Campus life and gym facilities were excellent. Excellent place to make new friends. Coaching staff was very professional and knowledgeable. Coach Sprague and Coach Christina worked with my daughter and pushed her to the max. Both coaches inspired my daughter and helped her to understand that she needs to work hard and learn more about this sport to continue to excel while playing this sport. The camp did excellent work with my daughter skills. She was very excited about the beach volleyball camp. It was a new experience for my daughter. She had a good time playing beach volleyball and learned new skills for this sport. I hope the program is extended and continue to be offered. I do recommend these camps to other players and parents. A+ 

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Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Receive Personal Instruction

My oldest daughter raves about the campus. She says it reminds her of Hogwarts...My youngest loves the food. The camp attendance is smaller than other camps they have attended. They receive personal instruction. The groups are very structured and focused. A wonderful experience for both 1st timers and experienced campers

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Positive Experience

"My daughter had a very postive experience at the Nike camp the past 2 summers. She played a lot of volleyball and improved her skill level. Each year she met new friends and had fun, along with instruction. Looking forward to camp next year."

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Will Attend Next Year

"Our daughter came home even more excited about the sport she loves. the staff and coach were very knowledgeable and encouarging to master a skill they may not have had before they came to this camp. Our daughter will attend next year and stay longer."

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Favorite Camp

"My daughter attended several camps this summer, and the Nike camp was her favorite by far."

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Intense Workouts

"This year was the first year we sent our daughter to the Nike Volleyball Camp. We did not know what to expect. My daughter learned a great deal at camp. She told us that the intense workout is just that...intense! She said that the instructors were great. She is looking forward to going again next year."

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing Experience

"It was an incredible experience for my daughter Kaleigh. She didn't want to leave the camp and she said she wants to go for a week next time. She couldn't say enough about the coaches and staff and she was sad to leave. She also said she wants to attend Principia College and she hopes to play volleyball there. Thank you!" 

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Personal Growth

"The Principia Volleyball Summer Camp experience was wonderful for my daughter. She went knowing no one and a rather shy child, and came home with friends and a stronger volleyball player. The combination of volleyball instruction and personal growth have helped her physically and mentally to be a more confident, well rounded child. I would not hesitate to send her again next year! Thanks for a great experience."

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Great Coaches!

"My daughter and her friend really enjoyed the camp. Camp was very organized and friendly. They met a lot of new friends and are anxious to return next year. The length of 4 days/3 nights was perfect. They also learned how to improve on their skills. Coaches were very good."

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Excellent camp

My daughter's awareness of the game increased 200%. Physical and technical abilities were developed and simple yet powerful techniques incorporated in her game play. Coaches where very attentive and had complete knowledge of the game and its fundamentals. Overall excellent camp, location, coaching and context. My personal thanks to MaryAnn for her attentions before and during and after the camp.

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Great experience

Our daughter had a great experience at Principia. Challenging, fun, fast-paced, great coaches, great food, beautiful campus environment. She came home tired, but excited about her experience. She plans to attend next year!

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Repeat camper

Camp is intense, well run, and a fun experience all at the same time. I had a daughter that entered the camp unsure of her skills and left camp a much improved and, just as important, her confidence level is WAY up!.....Thanks coaches.

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.